193 sq km (74.5 sq miles).
573.4 per sq km.
Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Head of state:
King Willem-Alexander since 2013, represented locally by Governor Fredis Refunjol since 2004.
Head of government:
Prime Minister Mike Eman since 2009.
110 volts AC, 60Hz. North American-style plugs with two flat pins (with or without a round grounding pin) are standard.
Lean back and take it easy on Aruba: the best that Caribbean sea, sand and sunshine have to offer. Aruba’s balmy breezes and relaxed pace are just the tonic for any frazzled visitor; just like the soothing aloe vera plant that is found everywhere on the island.
The surrounding waters are populated by colourful creatures such as parrotfish splashed with teal and gold, while bright pink flamingos populate the national park. Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad, also dazzles: orange facades brightly array the architecture, indicating the island’s historical ties with The Netherlands – Aruba’s head of state is still the Dutch ruling monarch.
Last updated: 19 October 2015
The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. ‘We’ refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Most visits to Aruba are trouble-free. However, petty theft and street crime occur. There is violent crime in association with drugs, but this rarely affects tourists. The main tourist areas are generally safe, but you should take sensible precautions. Avoid remote areas at night. Do not take valuables to the beach. Make sure purses and handbags are closed and not easy to snatch.
When taking a taxi, always check that it is a registered one and negotiate the price before taking the ride. Most taxis do not have meters.
Traffic drives on the right-hand side. Main road conditions are relatively good, but roads can become slippery when wet.
Aruba is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It shares the same status as Curacao and St. Maarten.